Welcome to the IU Southeast Library newsletter!
Featuring the latest Library news, featured articles, research help info, and much more!
Upcoming Events in Honor of National Library Week:
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An Evening with Erin Kate Ryan
Author Reading and Q&A
International Poetry Reading 2022
Film Premiere of Live! Werk! Purim!
What is National Library Week and Why Should I Care?
National Library Week (NLW) is a week-long celebration of the nation's libraries and library workers sponsored by the American Librarian Association and was first celebrated in April 1958. Advocating for and raising awareness about all libraries (school, public, academic, special, medical, prison, etc.), NLW highlights the myriad ways in which libraries and library workers support their communities.
Here at the IUS Library, we believe in being your own best advocate, so in the spirit of National Library Week, here are just a few reasons why you should care about your campus library and the staff and faculty who make it all possible:
In addition to providing physical resources, the library provides 24/7 access to more than 600 databases. Databases that are curated, managed, and evaluated every year, even amidst budget cuts. These same databases allow both students and professors to conduct their research wherever they are in the world.
Budget cuts mean hard decisions have to be made. Your librarians aren't immune to the effects of that. We cancelled one of our own prominent, professional databases so that our fellow faculty would feel less of a burden.
But what happens if the aforementioned databases don't have immediate digital or physical access to what you need? The library provides intercampus deliveries between IU Libraries and provides Interlibrary Loan services, meaning that virtually anything you require can be obtained free of charge to you.
Interlibrary Loan service is provided pretty much single-handedly by one staff member who manages these services while simultaneously navigating the rigors of graduate school and other supervisory duties.
Since 2016, the library has conducted more than 300 Book-a-Librarian sessions, and that's not counting the ready-research we provide each day at the service desk. These sessions deepen the information literacy skills that are embedded as requirements within the general education framework.
Speaking of the service desk, in February alone there were 244 spontaneous inquiries fulfilled at the desk. This is slightly higher than January's 220 interactions.
Speaking of information literacy, our instruction program not only provides general education requirements but gives students the skills they need to be successful in all their courses. Each of these sessions are individually tailored to the assignments and needs of your class - there's no carbon copying what we provide.
In addition to the above, we also manage a physical building - a physical building that was required to remain open during a pandemic and which was supervised by library staff who were deemed emergency personnel.
The library's physical spaces provide seven study rooms, countless computers and carrels, archives, meeting rooms, an art gallery, program and event spaces, and stacks that house diverse physical collections that support both research and curriculum.
Speaking of physical spaces, we also provide plenty of soft seating - and we sometimes see students napping. Knowing that there is a place on this campus where students feel safe enough to engage in the vulnerable act of rest means not only that these spaces are necessary but that we are doing something right.
There are probably some library folks that you don't see often because they are engaged in essential duties that aren't quite as public-facing (meaning that sometimes they can feel very thankless): cataloging, financial and office management, IT, acquisitions, data management, and much more. All of these roles make the library what it is and without our staff, our services would crumble.
As members of the faculty, your librarians have the same research, publication, service, and tenure expectations. Amidst the above points and while serving as coordinators for our own areas (outreach, instruction, reference, access services, eResources, technical services, etc.), we research, publish, present, and serve on committees.
These bulleted points are simply the tip of the iceberg, but we think you get the point.
Tl;dr - there's a reason they call libraries the heart of campus. Thanks for reading - if you made it this far, you're a VIP in our books.
Happy National Library Week.
Need End-of-Semester Research Help?
There are *many* ways that you can get research help. From dropping by the Service Desk, to live chat, to
personalized research appointments, check out the following ways that you can get help from the Library:
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Drop by the Service Desk
Spring 2022 Hours
January 10 - May 3
Did You Know?
As part of National Library Week, the ALA issues the State of America's Libraries Report. In this report, you can view information like the amount of people who use libraries and also the top ten challenged and banned books of the previous year.